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Terror funding: NIA arrests seven separatist leaders

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Srinagar: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested seven people, including the son-in-law of separatist leader  Syed Ali Shah Geelani, for allegedly funding terror groups in Kashmir.

The seven are Altaf Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Mehraj Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Naeem Khan and Bitta Karate.

Altaf Ahmed Shah is popularly known as Altaf Fantoosh.

All the arrested would be brought to Delhi on Monday, an official said.

The raids were part of the NIA’s efforts at clamping down on separatist groups allegedly receiving funds for subversive activities in the Valley.

The NIA had recovered account books, Rs 2 crore in cash and letterheads of banned terror groups, including of the LeT and HM, from the raids.

Earlier, the NIA had conducted raids across seven locations in Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir and seized several incriminating documents and foreign currency, while probing a case related to terror funding by Pakistan-based groups.

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